Days Out: Northwood Trail

One of the perks of living in Stamford Bridge is feeling as though you are living completely in the countryside whilst being 20 minutes drive away from York. When we talk to our neighbours who have recently moved here, they all say its got the best of both worlds and is a gorgeous place to bring up your family.

We are always on the lookout for fabulous new places to try out as a family so when we were offered the chance to visit Northwood Trail, 5 minutes away from our house, we jumped at the chance.

*gifted press visit*

We made our way to the trail following on the directions on the site and knowing it as a local, they were spot on.

We arrived and walked to the entrance hut which felt cosy and inviting and was filled with adults and children all ready to walk the trail. After an introduction from the owner, we grabbed our map and headed out on the trail.

With Freya doing a mixture of walking and being carried, it took us around 25 minutes to walk around the trail. This didn’t include taking part in the maze as Freya wasn’t interested in going round it.

After the trail itself, we got to wander around the Fairy museum which was absolutely beautiful and contained some hidden surprises. (I won’t be sharing these as I don’t want to ruin it for any future visitors that might read this post).

The trail has a gorgeous seating area both inside and outside to cater for differing weather and they advised that food will soon be served which will be fantastic once it gets going.

Overall we absolutely loved the trail and even better that it’s on our doorstep. Thank you to Northwood Trail for having us last week.

Laura x

*Press event – gifted experience*

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New Build Homes and weighing up the cost

Now onto the next part of our home buying journey and I’m going to take it slightly further back before we talk about choices.

Before we bought our new build we had weighed up our options a lot. We knew we could afford the house but it then came down to whether we would be able to afford carpets/flooring as not all new build companies throw this in as part of the deal.

In our last house it had laminate flooring in the lounge and dining area. This was perfect for life with a baby, especially the weaning stage when all you had to do was wipe it up quickly. We knew this was something we might want in the kitchen area of the home and started to research our options to see how much it was going to set us back.

We came across Flooring365 who offer a range of flooring including laminate, vinyl, parquet and wood. My eyes were first drawn to the parquet which looked incredible and I knew it would be the one for me if we went down this route.

*collaborative post*

Flooring365 offer the option to order a sample of their products so it’s a great way to try before you buy in a way and see what it would look like in that room. This is the perfect service as with most newbuild, you will have a choices appointment where you go and select the tiles you would like, the kitchen colours etc. It’s not an easy decision to make and the sales office advised us that usually people come back 3-4 times before making a decision as they really don’t want to get it wrong.

I knew that hard flooring in the kitchen was the obvious choice and spent many an hour pouring over websites to find good deals and ones that I really loved.

When browsing their site, I also noticed they had a live chat feature which was great for asking questions about the flooring types and really finding out how much it was going to set us back. As someone who prefers to use a live chat function over phoning a company, this was a real positive.

When it came to the choices appointment later on in our purchase, we went twice to the sales office to look at all the flooring options they had, kitchen choices and tiles. We also took photos of some of the choice we liked so we could really compare at home and held flooring samples against kitchen colours so we knew we were choosing the right ones.

Now that we are in the home and have been for 3 weeks now, I absolutely adore all our choices and would not change a thing. In my next post I will be sharing some images from our choices and what it actually looks like in real life.

Laura x

*This is a collaborative post*

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Our New Build Journey

Now we have been in our house for 15 days, I thought I’d start sharing the whole new build purchase process with you and also some truths about it all. It’s only right to start from the beginning so here goes…

Right at the beginning of this process (November 2018) we had ummed and ahhhd about whether we wanted to move and with 2 new build developments on our doorstep, had also spent many an hour looking at the show homes. Finally we concluded that we were in fact interested in one and started scoping out the perfect style of house.

Originally we had looked at a David Wilson Bradgate which was a gorgeous 4 bed detached house. We then discovered that Avant homes (the other development in our village) had a similar house in the Pendlebury. We were in a tricky situation as we were able to look round an almost finished Bradgate however there were no Pendlebury’s we could view without travelling over an hour away.

We went with our gut feeling about the houses and based on what Avant offered vs David Wilson and eventually settled on the Pendlebury.

Avant Pendlebury: photo credit

After initially spending a week discussing things with the bank and also having valuations done on our existing house as we wanted to part exchange, we eventually reserved the plot we wanted 7 days later. The reason we chose the plot was because it had a lovely big garden and was also directly across from the park in the centre of the development. The development itself only has around 120 houses compared to the David Wilson one across the road with over 200. This was part of the reason we chose Avant because we didn’t want to be in such a huge development.

At the time of us reserving the house, it was only in the very early stages of build so had a couple of rows of bricks if that. It was really hard to picture the house above from just a site with a few bricks but we couldn’t wait to see the build take shape and eventually be in.

We were set the expectation that it would be completed somewhere between March to May 2019 and we completed on 28th June, so in the grand scheme of things only a minor delay relay. I have heard stories of people being delayed 9 months before so you can imagine what went through my mind when they started to advise it would be delayed.

I would say until the house properly began looking like a house, it felt like it took forever and then things suddenly started to happen however it took from 15th November (ish) to 5th March to get to roof stage below.

I won’t share anymore at this point in regards to the home buying journey as it would be super long but my next post will be all about choices inside the house so hopefully you will be excited to read that one.

Laura x

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